It’s always a great time of year when we deliver our first sessions and this year was made event more exciting as we opened up with some 2hr taster sessions that were part of the ‘Festival of the Outdoors’, a month long celebration of outdoors related activities, sessions and workshops demonstrating why Sheffield qualifies as ‘The Outdoor City’, and also to inspire residents and visitors to get outdoors and take advantage of the city’s unique location and proximity to the UKs first and largest National Park, The Peak District.

 

We delivered our taster sessions last year and they were fully booked. This year sessions were equally as popular and £5 from each place has been donated to local trail advocacy group Ride Sheffield, who are responsible for working tirelessly behind the scenes to get trails like Lady Cannings and Rad-mires planned and built. We are Ride Sheffield Ambassadors and proud to help spread the word and practices of trail advocacy.

 

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We designed our 2hr taster sessions as a way to give riders an opportunity to develop some of the core skills needed to enjoy the local trails. As a coach it’s a great way to keep you on your toes, as a rider it’s an intense but enjoyable session. Our regular sessions are half a day, a great way to develop skills and also enjoy the trails. The ability level of the riders that attended was mixed and on the first session we were joined by 2 young riders and their parents who had made the journey over the pennines from Manchester  It’s also always great to see a good number of female riders attending our courses, and after crunching the data from last years sessions, we were pleased to see around 70% of our course participants were female.

 

The weather window meant blue skies and relatively dry trails, showing off the amazing view over to Sheffield from Ringinglow. After introductions and bike checks the group headed over to the trails at Cannings. There are many great coaching points around the trails and Houndkirk. It’s an ideal location to give riders an introduction to riding in the Peak District on the doorstep of The Outdoor City.

 

It’s always great to get positive feedback from our clients and this years taster sessions were no exception.

 

52938329_1216957081788085_4602797394629754880_nFantastic day on the bike with Adam. We covered basic trail skills and getting the fundamentals dialled in, gave me a lot to focus on and practice at home! Definitely a better rider for the time spent with Adam!

Katie Marlow – MTB for Mental Health

 

I trained with Trail Advantage as part of The Outdoor Festival and had a taster session of two hours of technique. I learnt a lot from the sessions and feel much more confident than I did before. Adam was friendly and willing to go the extra mile! I will definitely be back for the full sessions when they are available

Brett Hull – Sheffield

 

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Great short taster with Adam at Trail Advantage. Good pace and knowledge. Plenty of time for each of us during the session, we all able to discuss and learn. Looking forward to a longer session in the future.

Adam Riley – Glossop

 

Great experience and came away feeling very confident and aware of the parts I needed to work on. Thanks Adam!

Mark Harrison – Sheffield

 

 

All the riders on the course made some great progression in 2 hours and it was great to see not only other folks enjoying an MTB ride, but also runners, walkers, horse riders. Been an advocate of the ‘Be Nice, Say Hi’ mantra, it was great to hear everyone embracing this.

 

Our next full fundamentals course is on 7th April, and will be on houndkirk and Cannings again. We like to keep our group size small and 8 is an ideal number to allow us to focus on individual riders and ensure they leave the course with and increased skills base and added confidence to take their riding up a gear. Drop us a line at trailadvantage@gmail.com or visit our Fbook event for more info   

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